2016 Great Britain 1/4 oz Gold Queen's Beasts The Lion

2016 Great Britain 1/4 oz Gold Queen's Beasts The Lion
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As low as $41.99 per coin over spot!
Now available in 1/4 oz Gold. This is the first release in an exciting new 10 coin series. The Queen’s Beasts celebrates the British Monarch and the centuries of fascinating heraldry that has been a part of their story.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains 1/4 oz of .9999 fine Gold.
  • Housed in a protective plastic flip. Orders of 25 or more coins come in tubes. Orders of 500 coins or more are packaged in Monster Boxes (20 tubes per box).
  • Obverse: Displays the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, along with the face value of 25 pounds.
  • Reverse: Features a majestic lion, metal weight, purity and year.
  • Sovereign coin backed by the British government.

Display your 1/4 oz Gold Queen's Beasts: The Lion in style by adding an attractive display box to your order.

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At the coronation of Her Majesty The Queen, ten heraldic beasts stood guard. The Queen’s Beasts, sculpted by James Woodford RA for the coronation ceremony held in Westminster Abbey in 1953, stand six feet tall. The heraldic creatures symbolized the various strands of royal ancestry brought together in a young woman about to be crowned queen. Each proud beast, used as a heraldic badge by generations that went before her, was inspired by the King’s Beasts of Henry VIII that still line the bridge over the moat at his Hampton Court Palace.

Today, The Queen’s Beasts can be found at the Canadian Museum of History in Quebec, while Portland stone replicas, also carved by James Woodford, watch over Kew Gardens in the United Kingdom. But these mythical, ancient creatures – lions, griffin, falcon, bull, yale, greyhound, dragon, unicorn and horse – have gone on to inspire the highly-praised new talent, Royal Mint Coin Designer Jody Clark.

The Lion of England Queen's Beast is the crowned golden lion of England which has been one of the supporters of the Royal Arms since the accession of James I in 1603. It is supporting a shield showing the Arms of the United Kingdom as they have been since Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837. In the first and last quarters of the shield are the lions of England. The lion and treasure of Scotland appear in the second, and the harp of Ireland is in the third.

The Barbary lion is a national animal of England. Lion was the nickname of England's medieval warrior rulers with a reputation for bravery, such as Richard I of England, known as Richard the Lionheart. Lions are frequently depicted in English heraldry, either as a device on shields themselves, or as supporters. They also appear in sculpture, and sites of national importance, such as Trafalgar Square. The lion is used as a symbol of English sporting teams, such as the England national cricket team.

One of the oldest institutions in the world, the Royal Mint began producing coins for England, and eventually Great Britain, more than 1,100 years ago. The mint also produces and exports coins for other countries, as well as military medals, and other products for the British government. The Royal Mint has been witness to the legendary kings and queens, political upheavals, social and governmental progress, and scientific and technological breakthroughs.

The minting of coins began in England around the end of the second century B.C. Around A.D. 650, coins were made by craftsmen called “moneyers” in London. In 886, during the reign of Alfred the Great, the London Mint was designated to be a single institution, though there were many other mints in operation around this time. In 1279 the London Mint was moved to the Tower of London where it remained for the next 500 years. Famed physicist Sir Isaac Newton was the Warden of the Mint in 1696 and as such was responsible for investigating cases of counterfeiting. Three years later he was made Master of the Mint, until his death in 1727, and was responsible for moving England from the Silver standard to the Gold standard in 1717.

The Royal Mint had outgrown its home in the Tower of London so during the 18th century the rickety wooden shacks the mint occupied were rebuilt to accommodate mechanized and rolling mills and coining presses and provide more space. Soon, however, the mint outgrew this new location and in 1809, the mint moved from the Tower of London to an adjacent site in East Smithfield called Tower Hill. By 1899, the Royal Mint was striking 100 million coins a year.

In 1967 it was announced that mint would move from its location at Tower Hill to Llantrisant, Wales, following Parliament’s decision to decimalize currency and in 1968 the first coins were officially struck by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the new location in Wales. In 1986, the Royal Mint celebrated 11 centuries of continuous minting. In 2009, the Royal Mint was vested into a government-owned company to provide greater operating and commercial freedom.

One unique aspect of the Royal Mint is a procedure known as the Trial of the Pyx, dates back to 1282 and ensures newly-minted coins meet required government standards. The trials have been held once a each year since their inception and have changed very little over time. These trials are presided over by a judge with a jury of expert assayers and were held at the Palace of Westminster before they were moved to the modern-day site at the Hall of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. The ceremony was so named after the boxwood chest in which coins were placed for presentation to the jury.
The 2016 Great Britain 1/4 oz Gold Queen's Beasts are high in value. The fractional Gold size also makes it affordable for beginner investors. Each Gold bullion coin consists of .9999 fine Gold, providing extra value to your collection. This British Gold coin is popular because it honors an important and symbolic piece of British history. Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953, making her the 39th Sovereign. Buy the 2016 Great Britain 1/4 oz Gold Queen's Beast today.
The Queen's Beast coins are produced by the Royal British Mint. The series will include nine other animals that represent the genealogy of the queen. These beasts will include the griffin, falcon, black bull, yale, white lion, white greyhound, red dragon, the unicorn and the white horse. The reception was overwhelmingly good by the public upon its release. The 1/4 oz Gold coin makes a great addition to any portfolio because it provides excellent diversification. These coins are high in quality and value. Add the fractional Gold to your collection today.
Customer Reviews of 2016 Great Britain 1/4 oz Gold Queen's Beasts The Lion
2016 Great Britain 1/4 oz Gold Queen's Beasts The Lion
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Queens beast quarter ounce lion.

By  Jv

from Ocalla Florida

5.0

Beautiful coin, Great service as always from Apmex. Plan to collect the whole series as they come out both quarter ounce gold , And 2 ounce silver. Great contrast from the lion and the background.

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand

1/4 Ounce Gold Queen's Beast Bullion Coin

By  Wally Taylor

from Buffalo, NY

5.0

I purchased two of the 1/4 Ounce Queen's Beasts Lion Bullion Coins. The design, low premium for such a gorgeous coin, and the beautiful design drew me in. One of them had a small spot in the background pattern of the Queen, but with such a fancy design, perfect strikes in .9999 are difficult I'm sure. Not enough to worry about. APMEX's Shipping and Packing are both AWESOME. They are goin to be my primary Gold and Silver supplier from now on. They do exactly what they say they will do, in exactly the time that they say. No Bull Here! APMEX is on time, with great products, and we are lucky to have access to such great service. APMEX, You are on the ball people! I appreciate You, and Your attention to detail even on small orders. My Brother and I both are APMEX customers for life! Thank You!

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Recognized Brand

Attractive design

By  James the bullion

from Seoul, Korea

5.0

Design is attractive.

Pros

  • Attractive Design

Outstanding coin

By  Will H

from Savannah, GA

5.0

The only bad part about this coin is, your going to want to get at least a second or more because you are not going to want to part with the coin its so amazingly detailed and beautiful. This is only the first coin of the series as as you can tell from the Perth Lunar series, the value only goes up as coins like these get older so the coin is amazing for 2 reasons. It is an amazing detailed gold coin and only the first in a series! Also the coin comes in a APMEX plastic flip so i highly advise to buy a case, it came without a scratch and i want to keep it that way.

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Easy to Sell
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand

This coin is soooooo worth it!!!!

By  Paul

from Delaware

5.0

I absolutely love this series and plan to collect all coins in the series as they come out. These coins are beautiful in person the details are very impressive. This product is a winner and APMEX does a great job with offering them at a very fair premium. Can't go wrong with this series and I love the 1/4 ounce size in gold.

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Easy to Sell
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand

Beautiful Gold Coin

By  Deadeye

from Houston,Ms

5.0

Great looking gold coin!!! Will pick up another for sure! Always fast shipping with APMEX!!!

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Easy to Sell
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand

Nice piece of metal

By  MetalMonkey7

from Cochecton, NY

5.0

The design is what drew me to this coin. I liked it so much that i went on to purchase the 1 oz piece, which is even more impressive.

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Easy to Sell
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand

Amazing Gorgeous!!

By  AngelicStacker

from Kentucky

5.0

So happy to own this proof like 1 oz gold coin!!!

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Mint Condition

Love this coin

By  New Mexico

from New Mexico

5.0

Love the coin. No scratches like most others are reporting. I actually sent it to be graded.

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand

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The reverse of the coin depicts the heraldic lion. The lion is a symbol of strength and pride. The obverse of the coin depicts a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, who was crowned in 1953. During the Queen's coronation, 10 beasts symbolically guarded Westminster Abbey. The Queen's Beasts is the inspiration behind the 10-coin series that will be rolled out in limited mintage every year. The coin's designer was Jody Clark, the youngest designer to have a design officially commissioned by the British Mint for use on a sovereign coin.
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